Build a Better World with Summer Reading

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Raleigh

When students escape the classroom for a fun-filled summer, make sure reading is on the list of fun things to do. The 2017 Summer Reading programs at local libraries encourage everyone to get reading! This year’s theme, “Build a Better World,” inspires kids to learn more about how they can make a difference in their own lives and in the lives of others.

A key goal of the summer reading program is to maintain reading skills during the summer, and research has shown that time spent reading is effective in stopping the “summer slide.” The State Library of North Carolina works with public libraries statewide to help them plan for and sponsor exciting programs for kids of all ages to keep them interested and reading all summer long.

The goals of the summer reading program are to motivate families and children to read for pleasure, help school-aged children maintain reading skills, establish the library as a vital part of the community and encourage partnerships with schools.

“Public libraries provide not just reading during the summer, but other types of learning, such as STEAM programming and resources, art, music and humanities,” says State Librarian Cal Shepard. “Our libraries serve as community gathering places, host educational events and book clubs, provide technology and computer services, and help kids get excited about reading. There are close to 400 public library outlets in North Carolina, and they can be found in every one of our 100 counties.”

Patrons of the N.C. Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH), part of the State Library of North Carolina, can join the NCLBPH Summer Reading Program for kids (age 0-21 years) and adults (age 21 and over), and earn prizes for summer reading. The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped is a special public library that circulates books and magazines specially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability. The library is located in Raleigh, but mails materials throughout the state.

NCLBPH patrons who sign up for the program and read at least five books from June 1 through Aug. 31 will earn a prize and certificate, and the top three readers in each category will win gift cards. Sign up today on the library’s website or call 919-733-7476 to register.

All North Carolinians can participate in similar summer reading programs at libraries across the state. Find your local library in the State Library’s online directory.

To find great books to read this summer, contact your local library, or check out our blog for a list of 10 great children’s books and 10 books by North Carolina writers to add to your summer reading list.

The Summer Reading Program is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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